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Central Park Conservancy Releases Interactive Fall Foliage Map

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The Conservatory Garden. Photo by spurekar via Flickr.

It’s peak Nora Ephron season. Or as it’s more commonly known, fall. It also means it’s peak foliage time in Central Park.

Manhattan’s biggest green space is packed with over 18,000 woody plants and 170 species of trees across its 843 acres. Its dedicated team of expert arborists manage and care for it all on a daily basis. This group, in concert with the Central Park Conservancy, has created an interactive map to make it easy for anyone looking to soak up some local autumnal flavor.

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The foliage map is divided into eight locations across the park:

  1. North Woods – Mid-Park from 101st to 110th streets
  2. Conservatory Garden – East Side from 104th to 106th streets
  3. The Pool – West Side from 100th to 103rd streets
  4. North Meadow – Mid-Park from 97th to 102nd streets
  5. Reservoir – Mid-Park from 86th to 96th streets
  6. The Ramble – Mid-Park from 73rd to 79th streets
  7. The Mall & Literary Walk – Mid-Park at 66th Street
  8. Hallet Nature Sanctuary – East Side from 60th to 62nd Streets

It is also broken down into three categories – pre-peak, peak, and post-peak. Spoiler alert: each location is pre-peak right now, but the maps will be updated throughout the fall.

The Central Park Conservancy, the nonprofit whose mission “is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all,” featured eight different trees this season including the Red Maple, Tupelo, Sweetgum, American Elm, Bald Cypress, Black Cherry, Crabapple, Kwanzan, and Yoshino Cherry.

For anyone wondering which tree offers that bright orange glow seen all over the park and the city, it’s the Sugar Maple Tree. You can find it on the West Side near The Pool, south of Tavern on the Green, mid-park on the east side of the Sheep Meadow, and southeast area of the North Meadow.

“There are dozens of sugar maples—which turn a spectacular orange—throughout Central Park, and various New York City parks contain this species. Other maples are found in the Park as well, including the red mapleNorway maple, and sycamore maple. This genus of trees is known for its tasty syrup, its presence on the Canadian flag, and its beautiful autumn colors.”

Here’s the map!
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